A woman dubbed the "Plain Jane" bandit has hit five Southland banks in recent days, and Tuesday she made U.S. Bank in Wildomar her sixth target.
At 5:20 p.m., the woman robbed the U.S. Bank located inside the Albertsons grocery store, 23893 Clinton Keith Road, according to the FBI.
During her holdup, she used a written and verbal demand and indicated that someone, possibly an accomplice, was waiting for her outside the bank, according to the FBI.
The woman got away with an undisclosed amount of cash.
"No accomplice was seen," said FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller.
No injuries were reported in today's holdup.
When local police arrived on scene, they cordoned off the bank location, but customers were allowed in and out of Albertsons to shop.
Today's robbery is the sixth for the Plain Jane bandit in less than two weeks, and the last four holdups have occurred within 24 hours of each other. Several hours before today's heist, she hit the U.S. Bank located at 5470 Beach Blvd. in the city of Buena Park. On Monday she was linked to two holdups in Moreno Valley.
The suspect has been linked to all of the following robberies:
- 7/12/12: U.S. Bank, 13372 E. Telegraph Rd. in Santa Fe Springs
- 7/19/12: U.S. Bank, 13525 Whitter Blvd. in Whittier
- 7/23/12: Chase, 14425 Moreno Beach Blvd. in Moreno Valley
- 7/23/12: U.S. Bank, 12721 Moreno Beach Blvd. in Moreno Valley
- 7/24/12: U.S. Bank, 5470 Beach Blvd. in Buena Park
- 7/24/12: U.S. Bank, 23893 Clinton Keith Road in Wildomar
The FBI and law enforcement officers in nearby Buena Park, Whittier, Moreno Valley -- and now Wildomar -- are asking for the public's help in identifying the robber.
Witnesses have described the suspect as a Hispanic female, 5'3" to 5'5" tall, 150 to 170 pounds. She appears to be between 35 to 40 years old and is possibly driving a four-door silver vehicle with a sunroof, according to authorities. (See attached collage of surveillance photos of the suspect.)
According to the FBI, a witness to one of the earlier robberies said the suspect’s appearance was described as that of a “plain jane.” Witnesses have described a possible scar below or next to her right eye, as well as a possible tattoo on her right shoulder area.
Anyone with information about the identity or whereabouts of the suspect is urged to contact their nearest FBI office or dial 9-1-1.